King Momo of Rio in 2005, journalist and activist dies of Covid-19

RIO — He died this Saturday morning (11th), as a result of complications caused by Covid-19, journalist and activist Marcelo de Jesus Reis, aged 54. He was hospitalized for a week at the Hospital Casa Evangélico, in Tijuca. Candomblecist and former director at Escola de Teatro Martins Pena, he was a defender of the causes of racial equality and a great carnival enthusiast, becoming King Momo of Rio in 2005.

Marcelo was described by his friends as a very cheerful and outgoing person. He actively participated in the routine of the Renascença Clube, where he was loved by everyone.

Marcelo was King Momo of Rio in 2005.
Marcelo was King Momo of Rio in 2005. Photo: Reuters

— Marcelo has always been very attached to the club because he has a history of engagement with the black cause. He was a ceremonialist at many of our events. A guy who was inside the club, always participating, always wanting to help, always very present. A person who will leave a huge gap for everyone. The Renascença family is very sad – says the president of the club, Alexandre Xavier.

In a post by Renascença na Redes, Marcelo was described as “a soul music lover, Salgueirense and ardent militant”. In the publication’s comments, many friends lamented the journalist’s loss.